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Story Time Review

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 5:00am
When the Moon Hits Your Eye...This week for our Story Time classes we discussed the moon. We read The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek, Papa Please Get Me the Moon by Eric Carle, Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, and Hello Moon! by Francesca Simon with our Jr. classes. We added Ten Moonstruck Piglets by Lindsay Lee Johnson and The Boy and the Moon by James Carroll for our preschool classes.

We did some space finger plays and the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with our Jr. kids. We sang the song Aiken Drum and used some picture props on the flannel board to help everyone remember the words. I also used the flannel board to introduce the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle. After we had done the rhyme the traditional way we mixed up the pictures so we ended up with a silly nonsense rhyme, something like... Hey diddle diddle the cow and the fiddle the dog jumped over the spoon, the little cat laughed to see such a thing and the dish ran away with the moon.

 For our older kids we did an activity on the white board. I used a picture of the moon taped on the
board and we talked about the legend of how some people say the moon is made of green cheese. Then I asked the kids to decide of what they thought the moon could be made of. We listed the answers on the board around the moon. One especially thoughtful child decided that since the moon floats in the sky it must be made of a balloon. Other answers included wood, bricks, bubbles and plastic.

For our craft we created a night sky picture with black construction paper, a yellow cut out of the moon and some star stickers. Our take home pages were a space objects page and a circle pre-writing practice sheet.

Next week: Stars and Space
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Family LEGO night

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 5:07pm
Family LEGO Night
We held our second family LEGO night yesterday and it was a great time. We played a LEGO challenge game, LEGO bingo, had a bridge building challenge and time for free building. We displayed all the creations from the free build in our children's department and they look amazing, very creative!

Our bridge building challenge was a great success, with 3 teams building bridges that could hold 10 encyclopedias! The pictures below show the teams during the construction of these awesome structures. I unfortunately didn't get any photos during the bridge testing phase, since I was busy stacking encyclopedias up and getting them to balance too! If anyone got pixs, I would love it if you shared. :)

 Many thanks to all the families that attended!

Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Christian Fiction - First in a Series

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 10:41am

Did you know we've pulled all of the adult Christian Fiction titles and shelved them together so it's easier for those of you who love Christian Fiction to find the authors you already love as well as new ones who may become favorites in the Christian Fiction genre. Here's a list of some first in a series titles from that section. 

Need help finding our Christian Fiction section? Just ask at the front desk and they'll be able to point you in the right direction!

Priced to Move
By Aiken, Ginny
2007-10 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800732271 CHECK CATALOG She Thought She Was Leaving the Rat Race Behind??? Gemologist Andie Adams is suffering a bad case of burnout in her stress-filled job in New York. So she jumps at the chance to ditch her wormy corner of the Big Apple for a home in Kentucky with her lovable but off-the-wall Aunt Weeby. After all, things should be slower paced in Kentucky???right? Wrong. Andie reluctantly joins the Shop-Til-U-Drop …More

A Lasting Impression
By Alexander, Tamera
2011-11 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764206221 CHECK CATALOG
Christy Awards (2012)

After an unwanted past, Claire strives to create something that will last as an artist among Nashville's elite society in the 1860s. …More

Welcome to Last Chance
By Armstrong, Cathleen
2013-08 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800722463 CHECK CATALOG The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance their home, it's her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life for Lainie's comfort--especially since she's on the run and …More

Candle in the Darkness
By Austin, Lynn N.
2002-11 - Bethany House Publishers
9781556614361 CHECK CATALOG
Christy Awards (2003)

The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained. But awakening to the cruelty it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her journey of maturity and faith will draw her into the abolitionist movement, where she is confronted with the risks and sacrifices her …More

Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?
By Baumbich, Charlene Ann
2004-01 - Penguin Books
9780142003794 CHECK CATALOG Introducing the irrepressible Dearest Dorothy and the cozy country town of Partonville. For the legions of readers who enjoy books that celebrate life's simple pleasures, 87-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra and her beloved farming town of Partonville, Illinois, will become instant favorites. …More

Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp
By Behunin, Ben
2009-02 - Abendmahl Press
9780615276069 CHECK CATALOG Jake Kimball is afraid he agreed too hastily to spend the summer working his way through the mess Isaac Bingham, the old potter-God rest his soul-left behing. As Jake begins his work in the old studio, he becomes aware of a unique collection of mugs hanging from an overhead beam. When friends of the old potter stop by to sip peppermint tea from these mugs and tell their stories, Jake begins to …More

Truth Stained Lies
By Blackstock, Terri
2013-03 - Zondervan
9780310283133 CHECK CATALOG Can three sisters--a blogger, a cab driver, and a stay-at-home mom--with only a little courage and no experience, moonlight as private investigators to save their brother from a murder rap? The first book in "New York Times"-bestselling author Blackstock's new Moonlighter Series. …More

The Widow of Larkspur Inn
By Blackwell, Lawana
2007-06 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764202674 CHECK CATALOG Book one of "The Gresham Chronicles" takes readers to an 1860s English village, where recently bereaved Julia Hollis, determined to provide for her children, decides to renovate an old inn. With the help of the town's new vicar, it just might happen. But will a behind-the-scenes scheme jeopardize everything? …More

No Place for a Lady
By Brendan, Maggie
2009-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800733353 CHECK CATALOG Can a Southern belle tame the heart of a rugged cowboy? Readers will fall in love with "No Place for a Lady"'s Colorado setting and the spunky heroine who wants to claim it as her own. …More

By Brown, Don
2005-04 - Zondervan
9780310259336 CHECK CATALOG The stakes are high . . . and the entire world is waiting for the verdict.The Navy has uncovered a group of radical Islamic clerics who have infiltrated the Navy Chaplain Corps, inciting sailors and marines to acts of terrorism. And Lieutenant Zack Brewer has been chosen to prosecute them for treason and murder.Only three years out of law school, Zack has already made a name for himself, winning …More

The Centurion's Wife
By Bunn, Davis
Author Oke, Janette
2009-01 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764205149 CHECK CATALOG
Christian Book Award (2010)

A sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity-- and the very personal story of Leah, compelled into a betrothal she never wanted, drawn by a faith she never expected... When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed's striking countenance and position, …More

Fire in the Night
By Byler, Linda
2013-05 - Good Books
9781561487950 CHECK CATALOG The Amish community of Lancaster is being terrorized by barn fires. David and Malinda Beiler's barn was the first to go. The clues are sparse, but Levi, the Beilers' oldest son, happened to be awake in the middle of the night and spotted a white vehicle driving past. …More

By Cantore, Janice
2012-01 - Tyndale House Publishers
9781414358475 CHECK CATALOG Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain of whom she can trust. …More

The Trouble with Tulip
By Clark, Mindy Starns
2005-07 - Harvest House Publishers
9780736914857 CHECK CATALOG From the author of "The Million Dollar Mysteries" comes a brand new series ofadventure, sleuthing, and romance with a "chick lit" feel. …More

Blue Moon Promise
By Coble, Colleen
2012-02 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781595549150 CHECK CATALOG Lucy Marsh has lost everything but her determination to provide for her brother and sister. When she realizes her father's death was no accident, she decides to accept a proxy marriage in order to get her siblings out of harm's way. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, and nothing there is as she expected. …More

Brink of Death
By Collins, Brandilyn
2004-04 - Zondervan Publishing Company
9780310251033 CHECK CATALOG Terror rocks Grove Landing when a woman is murdered in her home. The victim's young daughter, Erin, witnessed the crime but is too traumatized to give a description. Desperate detectives ask neighbor Annie Kingston, with a background in art, to interview Erin for a composite. But what if Annie's lack of experience in forensic art leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a face …More

Out of Control
By Connealy, Mary
2011-08 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764209116 CHECK CATALOG In this humorous historical romance, a cowboy must choose between family bonds that could restore his trust or a love that could heal his heart. …More

A Case of Bad Taste
By Copeland, Lori
2003-06 - Tyndale House Publishers
9780842371155 CHECK CATALOG Copeland introduces readers to the little town of Morning Shade with a lighthearted take on life. Frustrated author M.K. Diamond has a bad case of writer's block until she sees the perfect plot unfold in real life: a burglar who breaks into homes and "redecorates"--of all things. …More

Black: The Birth of Evil
By Dekker, Ted
2009-07 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781595547309 CHECK CATALOG A silent bullet from the night clips Thomas Hunter, and his world goes black. From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world--a world where evil is contained. Every time he falls asleep in one world, he awakes in the other--both facing catastrophic disaster. …More

No One to Trust
By Eason, Lynette
2014-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800722081 CHECK CATALOG Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?
The search for her husband--and answers--takes Summer ever deeper into a world of …More

The Choice
By Fisher, Suzanne Woods
2010-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800733858 CHECK CATALOG
Carol Award (2011)

Lancaster County has always been her home--but where does her heart belong? Debut contemporary fiction from the author of "Amish Peace." …More

Love's Reckoning
By Frantz, Laura
2012-09 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800720414 CHECK CATALOG
Christy Awards (2013) INSPYs the Bloggers Awards for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature (2013)

On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's …More

Day of War
By Graham, Cliff
2011-06 - Zondervan
9780310331834 CHECK CATALOG Day of War is a gritty, intense, stylistic portrait of the Mighty Men of Israel---a rag-tag band of disgruntled warriors on the run with David, the soon-to-be King, whose legendary deeds are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11. …More

Daybreak: Days of Redemption
By Gray, Shelley Shepard
2013-02 - Avon Inspire
9780062204400 CHECK CATALOG In the first book in the new Days of Redemption series, readers meet three generations of the Keims, a close-knit Amish family whose many dark secrets are about to be exposed and nothing is as perfect as it seems. …More


Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:12am
"The New Colored Pencil" is a new publication by Watson Guptill authored by Kristy Ann Kutch. You can expect wonderful art books from Watson Guptill and this is not an exception. This beautiful book is for beginners and experts in this field of art. The beautiful art captured in this step by step primer is exceptional. The new Colored Pencil is an incredibly thorough resource for artists using this artistic medium whose popularity is growing. From tips, techniques, tools, to the latest in pencil technoogy and attributes, this is a one-stop book for both budding and established artists.

The book is broken down by type of pencil: Wax based (traditional) colored pencils, water-soluble colored pencils, and wax pastels (the new crayon-type of pencil). Each chapter describes the various tools and accessories, brands and their prices/advantages, mediums, and of course different techniques. As well, drawings, in various stages, are presented for learning to create different types of works and very inspirational images are interspersed throughout.

The book is cleanly laid out and easy to read/follow. The sections are broken down in a way to make referencing the various techniques, tips, or tool info making it easy and efficient.